Statement from UT Austin President Bill Powers on the Loss of Philanthropist Harold Simmons
The University of Texas community is saddened by the loss of Harold Simmons. Since his graduation from the university in 1951, he has been a strong supporter of UT, education, health care, the arts and the work of the McDonald Observatory. He had great passion for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment, and we regret that he will miss the discoveries resulting from the project he supported. He was a great businessman, philanthropist, and friend of The University of Texas at Austin. I will miss him.